Fun in the Park

17 August 2017

There will be plenty of activities on offer at a fun day to keep visitors of all ages entertained in Sydenham next weekend. 

The fun-filled community event boasts free face painting, a bouncy castle, den building, dance team displays, football skills and basketball challenges, dog show, home-baking, a tuck shop, ice cream and a raffle.

Held on Saturday, 26 August at Coronation Park, there will also be a talent show showcasing the variety of skills from the neighbourhood, and the winner will be crowned on the day. 

To make sure that the park is looking at its very best, residents are invited to help with a litter pick at 10am on the day, with the main event from 12pm until 4pm.

The idea for the fun day came from the newly formed Sydenham Improvement Group as a great way to bring residents together over the summer holidays whilst showing off the skills people have. 

The community group is part of the Local People project in Bridgwater, supported by Sustrans, and funded by People’s Health Trust, using money raised by HealthFull, through The Health Lottery, as well as Sedgemoor District Council.

The event is a great opportunity for residents to find out about the project and get involved whilst enjoying the many activities on offer thanks to the help of residents, local groups and organisations including Sydenham Improvement Group, St Francis Church, Bridgwater Belles, Rollercoaster, Knightstone, Homes in Sedgemoor, the Together Team and donations from local businesses.

Alan Muir, Project Co-ordinator for Sustrans in Sydenham, said: “The excitement is building for the Fun in the Park event which started with a simple conversation in a community meeting, and grew to many different people coming together to get it ready for the big day.” 

David Jones, Director of Grant Programmes at People’s Health Trust, said: “It is great to see so many local people getting involved in planning this exciting community event in Sydenham.”

“Through the Local People project in Bridgwater, residents are becoming more connected to their neighbourhood and feel more empowered to address local issues.”

Kristy Blackwell, Together Team Coordinator said “With lots of free activities for families to enjoy, Fun in the Park will be a fantastic day where you can find out how you can make a difference in your community whilst having some fun.”



Media contacts 

Sustrans’ Press Office on 0207 7807 231 or email: [email protected]

People’s Health Trust Press Office on 0207 749 9105 or email: [email protected] 

Together Team – East Bridgwater Communications on 01278 435320 or email: [email protected] 

Notes to editor

The community group was formed as part of the Local People project in Bridgwater, supported by Sustrans, and through their regular meetings, the group have worked hard to get the fun day up and running organising activities, judges and equipment. 

The fun day follows on from work with Bridgwater College Academy to create a colourful noticeboard outside Sydenham Community Centre, reclaiming space for people to sit outside the college using planters, activities such as our social walks to get people moving and talking, as well as progressing designs to improve the street from Piggy Lane to the school.

This Local People project focuses on people in the area improving their quality of life, and supporting them to have greater control over the design and activities that take place to create better community spaces.

It takes a neighbourhood approach, engaging local people and empowering them to address wider issues in the community, benefitting health and wellbeing in the process.

Residents in Sydenham are being supported by Sustrans using funding from People’s Health Trust and Sedgemoor District Council.

People’s Health Trust has invested £171,000 in the project using money raised by HealthFull through The Health Lottery, 

Sedgemoor District Council has also provided additional funding of £84,000.

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The Together Team – East Bridgwater is a multi-agency partnership working in collaboration to tackle the drivers of deprivation and to help build a better, more cohesive community. The Together Team seeks to coordinate a holistic, multi-agency response, helping individuals, families and the wider community to address social and economic issues. The Team also seeks to raise community aspirations, encouraging active participation and volunteering to make the local area an attractive, welcoming, accessible and sustainable place in which to live, work and enjoy.

The Together Team is working together for better communities. Key partners include: Avon and Somerset Police, Bridgwater College, Bridgwater College Academy, Bridgwater Town Council, Citizens Advice Sedgemoor, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue, Get Set, Homes in Sedgemoor, Knightstone Housing, Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset County Council, SHAL and Sustrans. 

People’s Health Trust is an independent charity addressing health inequalities across Great Britain. It works closely with each Community Interest Company distributing grants.

HealthFull is a Community Interest Company committed to raising money to address health inequalities in Somerset, Dorset, North Somerset, Bath and North East Somerset, Bournemouth and Poole.

The Health Lottery is operated for and on behalf of 51 Community Interest Companies across England, Scotland and Wales, all holding society lottery licenses issued by the Gambling Commission. 

Local People is People’s Health Trust funding programme which encourages communities to come together and take the lead in the design and delivery of home-grown ideas. It relies on the wisdom, experiences and skills of local people and supports them to make changes they want for their community.


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